Augusta Chronicle recommends Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs for the holidays

Wine Time: Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs 120309 – The Augusta Chronicle

WHAT: Nothing gets me in a holiday mood faster than a good, sparkling wine, and this is a very good one, a party in a bottle. Only wine made in the Champagne region of France can be called Champagne, but Biltmore sparklers are made the French way. They hold their own with the best.

The grapes are 100 percent Chardonnay, but they are grown in California’s Russian River Valley. Biltmore has other sparkling wines made with North Carolina grapes.

The wine is crisp, with high acidity. It has a spicy aroma with strawberry and lemon tastes. The finish is clean and tart. The pretty pale-yellow color shows off the tiny bubbles. It’s made in the traditional Champagne way, with a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The wine spends 18 to 24 months in the bottle before disgorging and final corking.

This is a brut, which means it is slightly drier than sparkling wines. Serve it chilled, about 40-45 degrees.


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